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MSU_Rail Optimization_Future of Rail _White_Paper_2019

Rail Optimization White Paper: The Future of Rail

This rail optimization white paper, based on initial primary research conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) and Maine Pointe, discusses current carrier, shipper and investor stakeholder perspectives.

It explores criteria and objectives such as planning, technology, information, open bi/multi-lateral communication, end-to-end supply chain visibility, preparedness, long-term trust and value creation.

The paper provides a summary and analysis of the research findings based on interviews with carriers, shippers, and investors.

MSU_Rail Optimization_Future of Rail _White_Paper_2019

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The Imperative for Change
 
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Shippers, Carriers & Investors Perspectives

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Case Study: A Win-Win Scenario that Drove Mutual Value

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Introduction

This paper, based on initial primary research conducted by MSU and Maine Pointe, discusses current carrier, shipper and investor stakeholder perspectives.

It explores criteria and objectives such as planning, technology, information, open bi/multi-lateral communication, end-to-end supply chain visibility, preparedness, long-term trust and value creation. The hypothesis is that, despite substantial changes in the supply chain and transportation landscape, alignment between carriers, shippers and the investment community remains dysfunctional, and is not set up for 21st Century transportation needs. To gain initial insights into these issues, MSU and Maine Pointe conducted a focus group study and over 20 interviews with carriers, shippers, and the investor/ analyst community. This paper provides a summary and analysis of the research findings and presents insights on how key stakeholders can create value by collaborating to drive win-win-win scenarios to the mutual benefit of all involved. It concludes with further research topics identified during the study.

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